It seemed that things couldn't get worse. But, just as it was about to get worse, the shocking evidence presented this week by Cassidy Hutchinson to the January 6 Commission, an aide to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has done a complete discredit to the image of the former President during the hours when a mob stormed Washington's Capitol.
With great political ambitions, hard work and perseverance, the university intern arrived at the White House in summer 2018. She was a valuable assistant in an Administration rife with intrigue. Hutchinson was present at all Meadows meetings, even though she had spent time in some of the most bizarre Republican congressional offices including Senator Ted Cruz and Steve Scalise. .
The 26-year old young woman, who was exceptional as a witness, gave evidence to the commission detailing the events that rocked the United States on January 6, 2021. This is the story of an alienated president, who after being warned that his followers were carrying caliber weapons alarmingly, only expressed concern at the camera angle showing a packed house during the broadcast of his speech.
A president out of control who attempted to grab the steering wheel and tore at a security agent for not being allowed to attend the march. After throwing a lavish lunch against the Oval Office wall, the president walked away from his responsibility for several hours while he watched the violence unfold on television with complete disinterest in the victims.
Trump service members are trying dismantle Hutchinson’s testimony. It is significant because it directly links Trump's White House to the preparations to attack Capitol Hill. And it establishes that everyone was aware of the potential violence it would unleash. This testimony reveals that Hutchinson was in the process of escorting Rudy Giuliani, a hotheaded man, to his car after meeting Meadows and other White House officials. According to the president's lawyer acolyte, they would march on Capitol Hill and "succeed." Meadows was informed by the aide about it. Meadows responded that there were many things going on and could become very difficult on January 6.
Two days before the White House's January 4th attack, intelligence reports from the White House warned of violence. Robert O'Brien, National Security Adviser, briefed Meadows, Cabinet Deputy Anthony Ornato and Secret Service, who are responsible for the president's security.
Hutchinson said that Trump had ordered Meadows to contact Roger Stone and Michael Flynn on January 5. They were both already in Washington, and Stone, who specializes in dirty operations was allowed to pose with Oath Keepers members as if they were his personal security.
Meadows was scheduled to meet Giuliani, John Eastman, the putative legal architect for the coup, and others at the Willard Hotel where they had created, for lack of better names, the 'warroom'. Meadows considered whether it would be appropriate to meet with Giuliani, John Eastman--the putative legal architect of the coup--and others at the Willard Hotel, where they had established, for lack of a better name, the 'war room.'
According to the assistant's account at 8:00 am on January 6, intelligence reports indicated that there were heavy weapons and bulletproof vests in the crowd who arrived at Plaza de la Elipse. This is where Trump and his entourage would make a speech prior to the March. Meadows was contacted by Ornato and Hutchinson at 10:00. The chief of staff dismissed the conversation, just to ensure that Trump had been properly briefed.
Trump was furious for many other reasons. He complained that the Ellipse platform was empty and the people, his people, were not there to hear him speak. The crowd was being searched at security stations, where they were seized their weapons. The president demanded the removal of metal detectors and that his followers be allowed to access them free of charge.
The president wasn't going to let his last act be compromised: to stop Joe Biden being officially certified as the president of the United States. He also marched to Capitol with his supporters to give a speech in House to reiterate his thesis about unacceptable electoral fraud that had occurred after his loss of the election.
After his harangue at La Ellipse at 1:10 p.m., the secret service had already ruled out Trump's departure. Trump then lost control of his vehicle and attempted to attack his bodyguards. After three hours of unsuccessful attempts to persuade his family and friends, Trump finally gave in and agreed to do something. The president asked the violent to return home in a video at 4:07 p.m.
The next day, Trump was persuaded, amid resignations, talks to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office and made a video where he refused to condemn violence and admitted that the election had ended. Some called for a presidential pardon in the days that followed. Meadows was one of those involved. He received $1 million from Trump’s political committee through a conservative organization he runs. Ornato is a loyalist of the secret service who was promoted to a top White House executive. He has denied that the former president was attacked in the vehicle.
Cassidy Hutchinson received a message from Mark Meadows warning her to not cooperate with the Commission. To publicly acknowledge intimidation, the text was displayed at the Commission's end.